Winner - Gold and Bronze British Pie Awards 2014
Winner - Best Restaurant St Albans Food & Drink Festival 2013 and Kate D'Arcy Award, Winner - Herts Business Awards
Herts Advertiser 2013 Top 100 List "A true local gem: local, seasonal food, cooked with love and care"
Winner - National Green Apple Award 2013 & 2012, Runner Up Review Restaurant of the Year 2013, 2012 & 2011
Finalist - Herts Green Awards 2012, Finalist - District Best Local Producer 2012, Runner Up - Best Restaurant 2010 St Albans & District Food and Drink Festival.
"Homemade classic dishes with 'something a little different'. For Harpenden, an unexpected and unfussy approach that is working well" - Hertfordshire Life

Headline News

Bookings are now being taken for groups and parties for our Christmas Menu (meals available from Available 21st Nov to 24th Dec) and our special Christmas Day Menu (Christmas Day only).
Reserve your booking now to avoid disappointment!

The Guardian newspaper has featured a short video of John, Alec and That Little Place in their online Guardian Small Business Network. The video describes the business reasons behind our ethos to strive to source as much local produce as possible - See it here

That Little Place wins Best Restaurant in St Albans Food and Drink Awards! - Full details here

Welcome to our new seasonal menu. This year we celebrate 4 years of good food and drink with our third national Green Apple Award recently announced and having a little makeover.

As Harpenden’s unique local restaurant our specialities include the most local prime lamb and beef from the award-winning Hedges Farm and organic specialty bread from Redbournbury Mill. Local cheeses feature in Childwickbury Goats cheese and Roasted Vegetable Gratin and our Cheeseboard showcasing the best of British and local. Beef Pinwheels are back by demand.

Exciting new mains are still local, with brand new local Morroccan Lamb Skewers joining our own Gold British Pie Award 2014 Harpenden Beef and Ale Pie and award-winning local 10oz Beef Sirloin Steak. Vegetarians and others looking for something different can try the popular return of our Breaded Garlic Mushrooms and new additions including Balti Vegetable Parcel. Also look out for River Cobbler and our changing Specials for something even more different.

For homemade Deserts, our renowned favourites are joined by all-new Maids of Honour, Chocolate and Vanilla Maccaroons, Peach Cheesecake Crumble and Crème Brulee. Our own-brewed bottle-conditioned real ale remains as popular as ever and now listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Our award-winning Chef-owner Alec continues with his work promoting local food and drink and is now something of a regular on BBC 3 Counties Radio with Nick Coffer’s ”Weekend Kitchen”. John is working with the Town Council and others on the Food & Drink Festival events.

Only dishes prepared exclusively on the premises in small quantities and cooked to order are served to ensure quality. The Local Specialties section shows exactly where the food comes from to bring you the Best of British as part of our work with local producers showcasing the highest quality ingredients. Many herbs, hops, fruit and vegetables are grown or foraged by us and we actively support community vegetable growing in Harpenden as part of St Albans Food Smiles. Our tiny roof herb garden is becoming established and guarantees even more freshness.


If you fancy a bit of fun with our unique Restaurant Quiz Mondays to Thursdays just ask for this week’s questions and an answer sheet for a chance to win a bottle of wine. No entry fee, no ‘Quiz Master, no intrusion at all – just take your time. One entry per table. Answers on website.

Try our traditional Sunday roast: Lamb, Beef, Pork, Vegetarian and all the trimmings - Details...

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Seared Tuna on a bed on quiona served with a mango salsa.
Butternut squash soup with bacon and chilli oil.
Chef's signature dish of Haggis ravioli.
Over 1000 calories, served with extra death.
Scandinavian style gravadlax.


Winner - Best Restaurant St Albans Food & Drink Festival 2013 and Kate D'Arcy Award, Winner - Herts Business Awards
Herts Advertiser 2013 Top 100 List "A true local gem: local, seasonal food, cooked with love and care"
Winner - National Green Apple Award 2013 & 2012, Runner Up Review Restaurant of the Year 2013, 2012 & 2011
Finalist - Herts Business Awards 2013, Finalist - Herts Green Awards 2012, Finalist - District Best Local Producer 2012, Runner Up - Best Restaurant 2010 St Albans & District Food and Drink Festival.
"Homemade classic dishes with 'something a little different'. For Harpenden, an unexpected and unfussy approach that is working well" - Hertfordshire Life